The last 3 times I tried to post an update, the site said nope, so I might not actually be alive. But if this works, then woohoo.
Welp, back to Twitter.
2 years agoNero
The way @geoff looks after and treats the Achievement Hunter team like family, even in things like AMAs and Q/As (ie; when not in character) might be one of the last truly OG-Rooster Teeth things left in the company, and it's fantastic.
Just like 6 guys in a spare bedroom making Machinima.
Never change Geoff, and bring on Off Topic. It's about time we had a legitimate Drunk Tank-esque podcast to listen to. All praises to @Michael for leading the charge on that one. Bring that sumbitch-RT Podcast down as flagship broadcast show!
2 years agoNero
From Reddit: "If you found out about Rooster Teeth today, do you still think you would be a fan?"
I went through and red a bunch of rather well thought out opinions (surprisingly so for the Internet), and theres a very clear trend. Those who have found Rooster Teeth in the last couple years for the most part say Yes, or Maybe (rare). Those who have been around since the days of just RvB for the most part say No.
For the free DLC containing my optional opinions, read on.
I find myself falling into the latter for many of the same reasons outlined in that thread by other people. For every person in the thread who said "No", I often found myself nodding in agreement. And it made me wonder why I still watch now. I don't really feel an abundance of brand loyalty to Rooster Teeth anymore, I'm behind on RvB and "i'll catch up when i have nothing else to do probably", I skip half of AH's videos in a week and really only watch the mainstays, and I've let my sponsorship lapse and don't especially care to renew to see the new content.
I think the answer is Investment of Time.
For the past nigh-on 10 years, I've poured uncounted hours into watching and ingesting Rooster Teeth content, and it played a major part in my life. It would be a waste to just stop now. I'd feel like a spoiled investment of all that time, which is probably a silly way of looking at it. But with that being said, my desire to start investing in new content and personalities and growth is waning. I think if I were to have discovered Rooster Teeth now instead of 10 years ago, and everything else in my content ingestion schedule (Game Grumps, Markiplier, etc) I probably wouldn't have held onto it as a fan.There's just too much, it's already why I don't watch more Youtube series as it is. The way it is, I don't think I would devote nearly as much thought and energy into it as I do now if I had just found it. It's not because I think RT is BAD or making anything BAD or should feel BAD, but neither is ProJared. I like it when he shows up on Game Grumps, but I don't follow his content beyond that. He's not BAD, his Top 10 Dyucks in Gaming video is hilarious, but it's just not enough to push something else out of my rotation to make time for.
So part of it is saturation, part of it is lack of time to devote to new things, and part of it is, quite honestly, The Community of the BackInTheDay is what really kept me coming back when all we had was RvB and months at a time with literally NO new content releases between seasons, and it doesn't really exist anymore. I don't participate in fandoms (I'm a huge Game Grumps fan but I don't peruse the GG Subreddit, and I only passively follow them on twitter, as an example, I only happened upon this article because I was curious to see more about the supposed outcry of RT's recent sponsorship push) and that's what this site and the Rooster Teeth network is now, a fandom.
(Community is a group of people who are brought together regardless of means and held together by each other and survive by holding on to one another regardless of situation. Fandom is a group of people who are brought together by one thing and held together by that one thing, and once that one thing goes away, it disappears. I mention this because every time I make a statement about the state of the Community, someone tries to bite my head off, hopefully this outlines my reasoning.)
So like reading Bleach, or Season 5+ of any TV show after it's jumped the shark, I keep watching just because I want to see it through to the bitter end not because it's still some of the best parts of my life (because it isn't), but because it would feel like I wasted 16-22 year old me's time by stopping now. I suspect Rooster Teeth will outlive my subscription to their YouTube channel by a wide margin, but for now we keep on that plateau for past-me's sake.
2 years agoNero
Metal Gear Solid V is really good, and alot of fun.
But it has to be Witcher 3 (to date, still have a few releases to come, but lets be honest, Halo never wins GOTY and Battlefront while looking amazingly fun probably won't stack up in all areas ie story, and yes, I know Fallout 4.)
MGS is fun, but I am finding myself very very slowly getting bored of doing repetitive side ops (the same 15 ones, 10 times each more or less.) and the story missions are sort of fancified versions of those in most cases (not all). Sneak in, tranq every enemy, fulton them out, do objective, rinse repeat. The story itself isn't wholly compelling and frankly it's kind of confusing (even for a MGS game.). The voice acting is top notch... for everyone except the main character (they brought in Kiefer Sutherland, who was so "nuanced" in his performance that he's said about 15 lines of dialog at 3/4 through the main story missions. RIP David Hayter. Also, hilariously, the character I'm most interested in and feel most invested in is the one that doesn't talk at all, so go figure). The best thing I can say about it is that there's nothing overtly BAD about the game. But it stops being outstanding in new and fun ways after about 25% completion, and repetitive at around 50%.
Witcher, on the other hand has been a consistent level of fun, interesting story with fantastic VO, graphics, storytelling, pacing, and originality. Even a hundred hours in with a good stretch left in the main story I'm still finding new, heartwarming moments with the other characters that make me want to press on and explore. I'm still finding new ways to go about combat and I'm still getting my ass handed to me by difficult enemies on occasion when I get a bit cocky and careless in a fight. I'm 100 hours in (more by now I can only guess) and I haven't tired of it in the slightest, only taking breaks because of RL time constraints or in because MGSV came out and seemed like a lot of fun and I'd been playing Witcher long enough that a break to play a new AAA sounded like fun.
Problem is, it's only a few weeks in I'm getting a little tired of tranq rounds, camo, and D. Horse and I'm missing my swords and runes and Roach that I hadn't tired of in months since W3 came out. I'm almost done the main story here, so I'll probably plow through it, then go back to Witcher until Halo is out. I'll come back to do the side ops down the road.
tl;dr, Witcher 3 isamong my favorite games and one of the best i've played since Mass Effect 2 and I would happily go through and replay it in new game+. MGSV is fun, but it'll end up collecting dust before long.
3 years agoNero
Watched it previously, thought it was meh. Rewatched it on Netflix today, here's an updated review of the proceedings.
First this happens:
But like, in SPACE, right?
Then Superman comes to earth, and then this happens:
But, like, now he's wearing the suit see?
THEN! This incredible scene happens when the bad guys show up:
Because the bad guys showed up, so I mean OBVIOUSLY that happens.
AND THEN, there's like twenty minutes of this happening across rural Kansas:
But it's okay because the Army was there using jets and choppers and stuff? So naturally those happen.
Then, it's time for the big final battle in the big city, and you'll never believe what happens!
The End! Very compelling.
I give it 10
Out of 10.
Which amounts to about 1/10 on a normal scale, because this thing was nearly unwatchable.
3 years agoNero
Had to stop and think about the impact of Mr. Iwata on my life for a second, and when I did I came to the conclusion that without him my life would be radically different - and not just my life, but that of everyone here and virtually anyone who considers themselves as belonging to the internet culture or geek culture or especially gamer culture.
Let's take the path. He originally helped program Pokemon Gold and Silver, arguably the most popular pokemon game pairing, and the GMC game that got me hooked on the series.
Then he helped program Pokemon Stadium - the game I "foolishly" traded away a Playstation 1 for a N64 in order to get - and the original Smash Bros. Getting an N64 got me hooked on console gaming, I got into Goldeneye and thought "hey this shooting game is pretty fun", and thought this Halo thing is the coolest game ever the first time I saw it, and from there the rest is history - Xbox, 360, One, WiiU. Without him, maybe I didn't get hooked on Pokemon at a young age, maybe I don't play Stadium and maybe I don't end up a gamer at all. I could have been a completely different person, as could many of you I'm sure.
I'm quite happy to be the person I am today - rough edges and all. I like to think Mr Iwata had a hand to play in shaping many a life, including mine. The guy did good.
3 years agoNero
Before I begin, if you want a good tl'dr of my thoughts on trigger warnings, go read @DiMono 's most recent journal.
This is a cursory warning that what I am about to type isn't fun, it wasn't pleasant, and it may upset you. But I think that that is all the more reason for you to read it and find out why I think why most of this trigger warning stuff is utter shite.
I'm 25 years old as of the typing of this post. Right now, I'm engaged to my lovely girlfriend, I have a full time job, an annoying cat, a silly snake and I'm pretty happy with how my life is right now.
I won't get into my early life but to say that it wasn't so peachy. I grew up in no/low-income housing, with a mother who has Multiple Sclerosis (not the walk with a cane MS, the "never walk again" MS) and my best and most reliable friend was my cat Max. That was my life for 22 years, poverty, disease and loneliness.
What I want to tell you about is 3 years ago. I had just moved out of my mother's house. I was 22, had my own apartment and had a job at a call center. I had broken up from a long-distance relationship, and never really saw any of my "friends". Sometimes, I would go out and buy liquor to entice them to come over and hang out.
"Sometimes" turned into "every couple weeks" which turned into "Every week" which turned into "twice a week", which turned into buying liquor for myself to drink alone. I was depressed, and on the brink of making bad decisions with nobody to catch me if I fell. Work had taken it's toll on me. I had 3 family members die in my immediate family that year and getting bitched at by Americans whose cable wasn't working made me bitter and angry. Something felt broken and disjointed. I was unhappy with myself, I don't think I realized it but I was drinking away my pain and on the fast track to alcoholism. Soon I was prescribed medicine for a digestive problem that caused crippling pain. I took days off work. Days ended up turning into weeks. Months. I was eventually let go. Now, I was diagnosed with depression, drinking too much, fired, alone, sick and angry. I was prescribed antidepressants, and that's when I hit the very bottom of the story.
I can remember clear as day, sitting on the edge of my bed, with a bottle of pills in my hand. The name of them eludes me, and to be honest, it probably wasn't anything that would have done more than make me violently ill. However, I remember sitting there, cap in hand and staring at it and thinking to myself "I am done." done with my so called friends using me, tired of the sadness and pain, the drinking, the depression, the job. I remember being moments away from making that decision to try and end it. I have only ever told this story to one person, my fiancee. I didn't let on, I put on the happy face, but in that moment I was at my lowest and I genuinely wanted to end it.
And in that moment, I made the decision to put the cap on, throw away the pills, throw away the liquor, threw away the friends, and threw away as much of the old me as I could. I fought myself, and life itself to find small ways to make myself happy again. I didn't go back to work, I didn't buy liquor again for a very long time, and I did what I had to do for me. In short, I stopped depending on other people to help make my life happy, and did it myself. I clawed my way out of depression and bipolar disorder (though I still get bouts of it now and again, it's never fully gone away), clawed away from the edge of alcoholism, and I am a better, stronger person for it.
Now, I'm not telling you this for your pity or your sympathy. I am happy today because I worked at it, I did it for me, and I didn't depend on anyone else to help me in any way. Could I have found sympathy and help? Probably. But I strongly believe that if you allow yourself to be dependent on the whims of others, then you will never truly heal. You are simply replacing one vice for another - pity. You will never heal until you want to heal, and as long as you compromise and do things that harm you - such as watch content you know will upset you - then you have nobody to blame but yourself if you can't handle it.
So what does that have to do with trigger warnings, well. Every time I watch a movie, and suicide becomes a theme, I remember and I think about it, and sometimes that scared feeling I felt on my bed 3 years ago comes back. Does that fit the bill of a "trigger"? I don't know, I don't care if it does. What's important I don't allow myself to regress. I don't let it win, I tell that pain to fuck off and I harden myself with it and remind myself that I beat it and I'm still beating it. Was it a violent experience? No. But there was terror, and uncertainty. Both for living AND dying. When someone jokes "Kill yourself" online, does it bother me or do I think it's insensitive? No, I don't. I think laughing at things like the Achievement Hunters and Game Grumps is what helped me the most - laughter in general, being happy.
If my choices are "laugh at a stupid joke" or "get offended at a stupid joke", why would I choose the option that makes me unhappy and stressed out? Could I earn some moral points or pity points? Sure, probably. "I don't like that joke because it reminds me of wanting to kill myself!" "Oh, noez look what you did to Nero! Shame on you Achievement Hunter!", but that's hollow happiness. It's not joy that I have given myself, its joy bestowed by others, and that's something that disappears the moment others look away from you.
There is no bigger ally for someone with a mental or emotional disorder than themselves.
Do you have a legitimate post-traumatic stress disorder caused by a terrible experience and have recurring feelings of distress due to it?
I sympathize with you. I wish you a quick journey to recovery and to a life of contentment and comfort. I believe that one day you will find the strength to overcome unsettling situations through inner strength. Believe in yourself, you can do it!
RvBTO 2012, Durh?
Artwork that I have done.
No Chupas here, check the other folder.